Botswana needs proper rehabilitation centres

“Generally speaking, punishment makes men hard and cold; it concentrates; it sharpens the feeling of alienation; it strengthens the power of resistance” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Our sister publication The Monitor earlier this week carried a story on serious human rights abuses being meted on people who have gone for rehabilitation at a boot camp in Kgatleng. Allegations cite verbal and physical abuses, children being stripped of their dignity and shaved in front of others. While the abuse came to light after a suicide incident of a 23-year-old, Botswana Institute for Reintegration and Rehabilitation of Offenders’ (BIRRO) alleged abuse came to the fore.

It is clear that with the huge number of participants taken to the boot camp over the years despite talks of brutality Batswana are in desperate need of proper rehabilitation centres.

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